Another Top Politician Defects To APC
Omisore contested the 2018 governorship poll on the platform of the Social Democratic Party but went into coalition with the APC before the September 28 rerun.
Omisore, was at his polling unit in Ward 6, Moore, Ile-Ife, in the convoy of the Osun State Deputy Governor, Benedict Alabi, to pick the APC membership card.
The All Progressives Congress is considering giving a joint ticket to former President Goodluck Jonathan and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, for the 2023 presidential election
Top sources within the party told SaharaReporters that Jonathan is being considered as a strong voice in the southern region, while El-Rufai is being packaged to represent northern interests and later become the president when the presidency is again zoned to the North.
There are plans already to pair El-Rufai with Jonathan for 2023. We believe both forces are strong and have goodwill in their regions and are good for the party," one of the sources confirmed to SaharaReporters.
It was learnt that there had been pressure on Jonathan, to defect to the All Progressives Congress and run for president in 2023 on the ruling party's platform.
Some APC chieftains, including governors, had visited Jonathan at his Abuja residence last November on his 63rd birthday.
The APC team's visit was led by the Chairman Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee, who is also the acting national chairman of the party, Governor Mai Mala Buni.
Aviation minister loses Chief of Staff
Ibrahim Idris, the Chief of Staff to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, is dead.
Idris died on Sunday night, the Federal Ministry of Aviation announced on Monday morning.
The ministry tweeted, “Innalillahi Wa inna ilahi Rajuun, with total submission to the will of Allah, we announce the death of Dr. Ibrahim Idris Chief of Staff to the Hon. Minister Hadi Sirika last night.
“A hardworking, godly and simple (man). May Allah forgive him and grant him the highest rank in Jannah.”
In a short tribute to his departed CoS, Sirika also described Idris as a “honest, trustworthy, simple, warm godly” man.
“You lived to define how best to relate with people and serve Allah without show. May Allah the Merciful grant you Firdaus and grant us same when we come,” the minister tweeted.
Idris is expected to be buried later today in accordance to Islamic rites.
PDP Cautions against Fuel Another Fuel Price Increase
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday charged the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its government to perish any thoughts of further increase of fuel price in the country.
The PDP said that it has been made aware of discussions and consultation in the APC and its administration for further increase of fuel price from the unbearable N170 to a higher figure.
The PDP in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan said, “Our party cautions the APC to immediately perish such contemplations as it would amount to pushing the already impoverished Nigerians to the wall – a situation that might result in public restiveness and acerbation of agitations in the land.”
The party lamented that Nigerians are groaning heavily under the weight of economic hardship and high costs occasioned by the unjustified increase in the price of fuel to an unbearable N170 per liter last November, adding that any new hike might become the last straw that can break the camel’s back.
According to the main opposition party, this is because there is no way Nigerians can survive a further fuel price increase with its attendant increase in cost of goods and services, which will worsen the current agonising economic situation, where over 90 million citizen live in abject poverty, with an alarming 23 per cent unemployment rate and many more living below N500 a day.
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